Sorry I have been away so long, Work has been really busy lately and I find myself not having much time to update. Not to much has been going on around the farm. The good news I can bring is that we estimate Sweet Pea's due date will be 9/18/11. We noticed she was in heat the other day, so in a couple months we should know for sure. I have not notice any of the other ewes in heat yet, so hopefully they will be soon.
Plant update, My tomatoes have out grown the plant stand, but it has still been so cold and rainy that they are still in the stand, this weekend is forecasted to be nice, so hopefully I can start hardening them off so I can get them out to my customers. My Sunflowers, broccoli, and cauliflower are getting big and doing well. 3 of 7 of my seeds I planted in the AeroGarden have sprouted so far. Here are a couple of pics.
Yesterday was an exciting day! We finally got the Ewes back out with Big Daddy Moe! Now we just sit back and wait for nature to take its course. It was a beautiful sight to have all 6 back together. Plus, they have more room to run and jump now, the nursery had pretty small stalls.
All 6 Sheep happy to be back together.
Now that the Ewes are out of the greenhouse/nursery I have to clean out all of the stalls and get ready for summer plants! I started cleaning out one of the stalls today, but ran out of energy about 1/2 way through. I will slowly get it all cleaned up.
Speaking of plants in the greenhouse here is an update.
My Hops is growing wonderfully! I am quite surprised since it has froze pretty hard a couple of times, but it hasn't had an effect on it!
The carrots and onions that Turbo uses as a bed. The carrots are finally starting to grow. The Onions are going to seed, which is fine, I will just harvest the seeds and use them next year :)
It was such a nice day today (First day this year it has actually hit 60 degrees) so I put my seedlings out in the greenhouse to get some real sunlight!
The tomatoes are going to need to go out into the greenhouse soon, they are going to out grow this plant stand pretty soon.
I have been meaning to get my sunflowers transplanted out of the AeroGarden Seed Starter Tray for several days now, but I just have not found the time. Today, I finally got the time.
To give you my honest opinion about the starter tray, I am not all that impressed. About 19 out of 66 seeds have sprouted so far, and only 1 of them was a tomato. When I planted 7 tomato seeds in the regular AeroGarden set up, all 7 sprouted and were super healthy (until I put one too close to the heater and killed it, Whoops) So that tells me that the other way is much superior, even though you can only start 7 at a time. Anyways here are a few picture of my little seedlings being transplanted.
Another thing that bothered me was that the sunflower seeds never actually opened to let the baby leaves grown correctly. So my thoughts on that is that they did not get completely soaked so that the shells were soft and able to split. So next time if I use the starter tray I will know to soak my sunflower seeds before placing them in the sponge. I had to take the shells of by hand, which was not easy. Plus my sunflowers are now deformed, good thing the baby leaves die off.
Due to lack of room around the AeroGarden grow lights, I brought out my plant stand that my boyfriend (Willie) made for me. He put a lot of time into it, I love it to pieces. This makes a great new home for the Tomatoes.
Side view of my plant stand! Isn't it beautiful!
My Cow Pots labeled, filled with dirt, and ready for seedlings. I Love Cow Pots! They make is super easy when it comes time to plant my garden. Just take the whole pot and plant it in the ground, it is not only biodegradable, but it fertilizes the ground as it decomposes! Can’t get much better than that.
All my seeds transplanted!
Here are the "After" pictures I Promised you.
The Vineyard after it has been pruned! Looks Much better.
Here is where I planted Approx. 265 bulbs, 4 shrubs, 3 ground covers, and several pansies. Hopefully it will be beautiful this summer.
Yesterday was a BEAUTIFUL day! Which was a great unexpected gift!
Cam, I really don't think it is a good idea to swat Turbo's tail, he is 3 times your size.
The stare down! Cam looks like she is ready to attack, and Turbo is looking at her like, You really annoy me.
I think this picture explains itself :)
A little bit of basking in the sun after playing all day. These pictures are special to us because Turbo has been use to being the 'Only Kitty' on the farm for 5 or 6 years now. So for him to allow this little kitten onto the farm and play with her all day is a very special thing.
My Project. Last weekend I Planted 171 bulbs and 7 plants (not just here, there is another berm just like this on the other side). This weekend my project was to plant all of the pansies and about 90 more bulbs. This is the pic before I planted the pansies yesterday.
Larry's Project. The grapes were in desperate need of pruning! He got them all pruned yesterday, I didn’t get a chance to take 'After' pics of our Projects, and of course today it is raining, So I will get pics up as soon as the weather allows me.
It has been 4 days since I planted my seeds, and they are already sprouting! I have Broccoli, Cauliflower and Sunlfowers sprouting!
Look closely and you will seed the sunflowers sprouting and one cauliflower.
Yesterday the last of my AeroGarden order came in. So today I transplanted my tomatoes that were growing in there, and put my new Garden Starter Tray to work.
I planted these tomatoes in the AeroGarden on 3/6/11 and look at how big they are. This pictures was taken this morning before I transplanted them. They had gotten so tall I had to lift the grow lights up a click :)
It always amazes me how long the roots are on such a small plant when I take them out of the AeroGarden. They are about a foot long on this litte guy, please ignore the mess in the background :)
I snip the first set of leaves off.
Fill the pot about half way with potting soil, and place to tomato plant in it, then fill the pot the rest of the way with dirt.
The tomato will grow roots out of the stock and create a very sturdy plant that can hold up lots of fruit :)
And of course I had my helpers out there with me.
And the sun peaked out a couple of times this morning!
Im so excited to be able to start 66 seeds instead of just 7! I hope this works as well as other way does.
I soaked my Biodegradable sponges for awhile.
While my sponges were soaking I wrote up the cart of what I was going to plant. I have 5 kinds of Tomatoes, Hot Peppers, Sweet Peppers, Celery, Butterhead Lettuce, Broccoli, Melons, Cucumbers, Cauliflower, 3 kinds of Sunflowers and Walla Walla Onions.
All palnted! I cant wait to see how quick the seeds germinate!